Do we really need another blog? No. I am under no assumption that another blog is something this world needs. However, I have been called to shepherd a particular flock called First Baptist Church of Enterprise, Alabama. According to Hebrews 13:17, I will give account for my flock.
Therefore, I want to intentionally place as many resources in the hands of the people I pastor to maximize their ability to make disciples. My hope for this blog is that it may serve as a resource. The point of this blog is to help the clarify how the gospel intersects with real life.
With that goal in mind, three traits will shape this blog:
- Confessional Kindness. From the beginning, God’s people have been a confessional people–we affirm truth and deny lies. In fact, the first sin came as a result of denying truth and believing lies (Gen 3:1-7). Therefore, confessional people acknowledge that words matter. The words in the Bible are the very words that define us and guide us. As Augustine said, “Where the Bible speaks, God speaks.” Therefore, to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God. However, Christians can sometimes be harsh and cruel when it comes to faithful orthodoxy. It has been said, “If you’re right, but your rude, then you’re wrong.” Therefore, Christians must stand on the Bible and not presume to know better than God in terms of life and faith–but we must do so with great kindness.
- Gospel-Centeredness. The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ paid the price for our sin and rose again from the dead, offering eternal life for all who repent and believe in Him. But the problem often lies not with our confession of the gospel, but with our assumption of the gospel. It’s been said that if the gospel is assumed in one generation it is forgotten in the next. We assume the gospel when gospel implications are heralded apart from the gospel itself. The result is often a mixture of the imperatives and indicatives of the gospel. The imperatives of the Bible tell me what I must do. The indicatives of the Bible tell me what has been done. If I take the message of what has been done and turn it into something that I must do, it’s a false gospel. Therefore, Christians must be intentional to remain gospel-centered.
- Practical Application. The gospel is not merely about the forgiveness of past sins and the promise a good future in heaven, but the gospel has benefits and implications for our present life. The promise of the gospel is that God has already given us everything we need for a godly life (2 Peter 1:3). Therefore, Christians must think through how the gospel works itself out into everyday life.